Bilbao City Hall
Bilbao City Hall © Deibid
Dating from 1892 and designed by Joaquin Rucoba, Bilbao's elegant city hall in the Plaza Erkoreka Ernesto is located on the bank of the Estuary of Bilbao. The Baroque building includes a spire and a magnificent façade featuring balconies, columns, sculptures, and a sweeping staircase. The highlight of the interior is the Arab Room, an opulently decorated chamber used for weddings. Guided tours, lasting about an hour, are available, though these need to be booked in advance by phone. A brand new city hall building was recently completed, situated right next to the historic old building, and the unique, modern design of the new contrasts very interestingly with the old. The two buildings now share the functions of the city hall, with the modern's colourful contemporary décor contrasting with the ornate old hall, which is distinctly Baroque in its decor. The city is now well served by a combination of functional modern space and historic charm.